Turkmenistan pardons over 600 prisoners, including 26 foreigners

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ALMATY, Kazakhstan: Reclusive Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has pardoned 612 prisoners including 26 foreign citizens ahead of festivities marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, state media reported Saturday. A state television report noted Berdymukhamedov had signed the order of amnesty “to further strengthen the unity and solidarity of Turkmen society.” The report did not clarify the nationalities of foreign prisoners released under the amnesty but Turkmenistan’s prisons are known to hold citizens of neighboring countries convicted of smuggling and trafficking offenses.

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